Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I apologize for being MIA this past week.  It's been crazy around here getting everyone ready for Halloween and booking events for the upcoming weeks.  I have a great opportunity with one of the newest communities in our area to participate in their Christmas event and I have something booked every weekend through Christmas!  The pressure's on! LOL

Today I have a great idea to share with you!  It's a hand made ornament!  I used one of the clear ornaments and embossed a backgound image on the transparency.  I then stamped my cute little elf on cardstock and attached him to the transparency and put it in the ornament!  Add a little festive ribbon and  and some snow and you have an adorable decoration for your tree!

You could personalize these with a photo and/or print out of the year or event!  The possibilities are endless!


STAMPS:  Raisin Boat - Elves are Watching

OTHER:  Copics, Transparency, White Embossing Powder, Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Merry Little Snowman

I have the cutest snowman to share with you today!  I have wanted this stamp from Stampin Up since I first saw it in the catalog  I love his size!  It's hard to find  stamps that allow you to fill up space on your cards! This one is perfect!
I started by stamping the snoman on shimmery white cardstock (I just love that sparkle) and colored him with my Copic Markers.  You can see the detail here on this close up.  I used the Copic Opaque White Ink to make the dots on his scarf.  It creates nice texture and draws your eye in. 
Once I got him all colored I assembled the card and added the long ribbon and finished it off with a Tiny Tag attached with DMC floss.  The ribbon has wire in it and creates a nice "puffy" bow which reminds me of a beautiful Christmas package. 
Here it is all assembled and complete! There are a few more favorites in this set which I will be sharing with you in the next week.   Enjoy!
STAMPS:  Stampin Up Snow Much Fun and Tiny Tags
INK:  Momento Tuxedo Black and Stampin Up Real Red
PAPER:  Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin Up Basic Black and Real Red, Shimmery White
COPICS:  BG0000, 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, YR00, YR12, YR07, B12, B14, B16, R21, R24, R29, R46,
OTHER:  Spica Markers, Clear and Black and Copic Opaque White

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Goal and the cutest little snowman!

It's Wednesday already and I haven't comleted half the stuff I wanted to do this week!  What I have accomplished is hitting my goal weight and I didn't think that last pound would ever go away!  Between alternating running and the Y every other day, I have made great accomplishments getting into shape!  Saturday I finally hit my goal weight!  If you are struggling with those pounds as I was, don't give up!  You will get there, just keep telling yourself I CAN do it and I WILL!  I would have never considered myself a runner but I am here today to tell you I AM a runner!  Every day I do a little better and accomplish a little  more.  It is a very satisfying feeling to say I can do this!  We are already signed up for our next 5K! 
On to today's card!  I made this with all intentions of using a cerain paper I had stashed away for the perfect card but got so excited coloring, it didn't even match when I was done! LOL  I pulled out my snowflake embossing folder and my Pear Pizazz ink and inked up the embossing folder and embossed white paper so the snoflakes stand out and the inking colored the background!  I love the bold white look!
The image is colored with my Copics and I have added some "shimmery snow" details with the clear Spica Glitter Pen!  If you haven't tried these they are a must! The glitter is actually tine particles of glass and they hav an awesome sparkle!  If  you only buy one get the clear, you can use it on anything!  It does't show up well in the photo but it adds a nice "wow" in person!
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Halloween Treats Raisin Boat Challenge

This months challenge over at Raisin Boat was a treat for Halloween! Mine was simple but when you have to make for a large group I do simple. I make a "treat" for my co workers for all of the significant holidays. Some of them have a years worth in their desks!

I used a cellophane bag and added my candy and added the tie with a cute little tag! You could change the stamp and color to accommodate any holiday or occasion!

Hop on over to Raisinboat to see the other awesome projects have been created by the talented Raisin Boat Crew!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Bless Your Little Hearth

Happy Monday Peeps!  It was a fast weekend.  All day Saturday was spent shopping the thrift shops for Halloween attire!  WHERE in the world do they get all that "stuff" to sell?  It was hard to find something when you're not sure what you're going to be but I managed to find two things.  One I'll wear for another party coming up!

I was cleaning up the craftroom this week and looked through all of my shape dies and said to myself I really need to be using these so that was my challenge for this week....USE THEM!

I stamped the Chantango Hearth stamp on my paper and colored him with my copics and when I went to cut him out with the die I was a little short on the bottom so lesson #1 makes sure you have plenty of "space" for your dies to cut!  I managed to find a "fix" with my ribbon.  After all of that coloring I didn't want to trash it! lol

I found a sketch on pinterest and went to work assembling my card.  I did use quite a bit of patterned paper which I find is another thing I don't use very often but I LOVE to collect it! 

I challenge all of my readers to use something they have set aside.  It's quite refreshing and a great challenge! 


STAMPS:  Chantango Hearth

PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin Up Basic Black, Echo Park Seasons Greetings

COPICS:  #31, E35, E37, E34, R21, R27, R29, R39, R43, R46, R59, C1, C3, C5, G40, G43, G46

OTHER: Signo Uniball - White (for the milk in the glass)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Holidays Fuzzy Copic Bears

I'm trying to get in the holiday groove early this year as I am in the process of planning my holiday classes.  I was going through my Christmas stamps and found these bears and they just seemed to be calling "color us".  I haven't done a project with my copics using the "fur" technique so off I went on this sidetracked adventure! I ended up using 22 markers to color these little "cuties" and a red spica pen!   They turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself!
Once I completed the coloring I automatically started cutting them out, nother chore in itself and I have looked at them for two days and finally decided on a design for them!  I layered the top note die onto a scalloped edged and dot embossed background and popdotted the bears!  There had to be a little ribbon as what's a Christmas card without a bow so I decided on the green!
Back to selecting stamps for my classes now!

STAMPS:  Darice, Hero Arts Sentiment
PAPER:  Stampin Up Real Red, Basic Black and Garden Green
COPICS:  0, C1, C3, C5, E31, E35, E57, E79, B91, B95, B99, G12, G14, G17, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29, R59
OTHER:  Spica Red and Copic Opaue Whute
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Cocktail? and a Homecoming dance

The house is so quiet this morning!  I dropped off the high schooler, hit the gym and then took the dog for a long walk!  Packed up my card submissions that are being sent out for publication and almost ready to head to make a couple of returns. 

Its been a nice three day weekend although I feel like we spent the most of it getting ready for homecoming dance!  I can't believe she's in high school, much less heading out to these dances!  Anyhoo, here she is.  We had her hair done Saturday morning and I did  her makeup that afternoon.  She had a great time but I'm glad they don't come along often as it's a small forture! lol  And, of course, Sadie had to have a little "bling" bow too  :)


Now on to today's card!  It's a Krafty Kimmie's Stamp called Perfect Potion!  I thought it was adorable but didn't realize how much work it was to color!  I think it turned out fantastic though!  I love the deep colors.  Her dress is purple but I photographed it every which way I could think of and it still shows blue in the pic!  It's still cute as can be! 

I layered the cardstock and embossed the green and purple pieces with the chevron embossing folder by Stampin Up!  I cut her out and attached her to the die cut piece and distressed the edges.  I also added a little ink to the bow to distress it and knock off the bright white.


STAMPS:  Kraftin Kimmie Perfect Potion!

PAPER:  Stampin Up Basic Back, Lavendar Lace and Lucky Limeade
                Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

INK:  Momento Tuxedo Black

OTHER:  Stampin Up Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin Up Apothecary Accents Framelits and Stampin Up Festie Paper Piercing Pack

COPICS:  0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, E00, E11, E13, BV02, BV04, BV08, YG21, YG25, YG17, YR01, YR12, YR16

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Christa! Can you say FABULOUS!

Today is my friend Christa's Birthday and I thought this image was fitting as she like to celebrate with a glass of wine and a good time!  I won't pick which one I think is her as I want to remain her friend! LOL

Here is her card!  It's all colored with Copics!  Took a while to do but I love the results!  Happy Birthday Christa!

STAMPS:  Art Impressions
PAPER:  Stampin Up
INK:  Tuxedo Black

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Color Me Rad, it doesn't get more colorful than this!

What a wonderful weekend we had.  For some time now I have had the urge to RUN!  I never considered myself a runner but for some weird reason it just hit me so I talked to my daughter and we decided to sign up for a 5k RUN!  Now the big questions was what run should we do?  We had no idea there were so many choices.  Once we found the Color Me Rad run and knew it was the one to start with! 

This day started in a nice bright white shirt, RAD sunglasses (we girly girls had to have pink).  I have never seen so many people wearing white! 
After a few announcement, pep talks and random give aways, or should I say throw aways as they just threw stuff into the audience, we were ready to go!  Our run took us through the trails of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, a nice wooded path with a few bomb squads to pass.  At each bomb squad station, we were met with bombers with LOTS of color and they didn't hold back.  We were doused with color, head to toe!  At the end of the race, there was a grand finale celebration of....you guess it, color bombing!  What started out good clean fun, ended up an awesome colorful day!

If you ever get the chance to participate in one of these event, don't miss your chance!  It's a great family outing, and if you're not a runner you can walk the course!  There were two 78 year old ladies that did just that and they were just as colorful as we were....and excited too!

We have already found our next race...the Color In Motion....same concept, lots of color, LOADS of fun! 

Speaking of color, here is a photo of the Copics I used to create ONE card tonight!  It took me all night to do one project!  I will share it with you once I get it all together!


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